Master Food Volunteers of Northern Virginia

Master Food Volunteers of Northern Virginia The Master Food Volunteer Program helps Extension reach more Virginians with up-to-date, research-based knowledge on food preparation, nutrition, food safety, and physical activity.

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08/14/2021

Information for school meals in Alexandria.

Some tips from our friends at Virginia Hospital Center for making your 4th of July a little healthier.
07/04/2021

Some tips from our friends at Virginia Hospital Center for making your 4th of July a little healthier.

Wishing our community a happy and safe Independence Day! Our team is sharing their favorite ways to make it a healthy one, too:

✅ Lighten up potato or macaroni salads or deviled eggs by using plain Greek yogurt (non-fat or 2% milkfat) in place of mayonnaise.

✅ Create a beautifully patriotic salad with watermelon, feta or mozzarella cheese, and fresh blueberries. Drizzle with olive oil + balsamic vinaigrette.

✅ Grilled kebabs are a fun, healthy option for any cook-out. Try chicken, pineapple chunks, mushrooms + cherry tomatoes.

✅ Bump up the flavor of iced tea without sugar by adding fresh mint or basil leaves, cucumber or lime slices. Try an herbal blend tea such as hibiscus or peach for even more flavor!

What are your favorite healthy holiday eats?

#HealthyTogether #Happy4th #IndependenceDay

06/29/2021

FYI Alexandria City Public Schools will continue providing meals during the summer months. See below.

Check out this awesome StoryWalk in Arlington!
06/28/2021

Check out this awesome StoryWalk in Arlington!

Take a StoryWalk! Our friends at WalkArlington have put together a fun story walk on the grounds of Campbell Elementary School.

Kids and their caregivers can follow the path to read the book while also absorbing safe walking and biking messaging we added. The StoryWalk is accompanied by a Little Free Library that has bike maps, Capital Bikeshare coupons, walking maps, and coloring books.

Go check it out!

Food Safety Alert: Salmonella outbreak linked to frozen cooked shrimp. Read below for more information.
06/26/2021

Food Safety Alert: Salmonella outbreak linked to frozen cooked shrimp. Read below for more information.

SALMONELLA OUTBREAK: Do not eat, sell, or serve recalled frozen cooked shrimp. Throw them away or return them to the store.
Recalled shrimp were sold under multiple brand names:
• 365
• Censea
• Chicken of the Sea
• CWNO
• Hannaford
• Honest Catch
• Meijer
• Open Acres
• Waterfront Bistro
https://bit.ly/3vXoWer

Find a local farmers market near your that accepts SNAP benefits. Some markets even double your dollars, allowing you to...
06/21/2021

Find a local farmers market near your that accepts SNAP benefits. Some markets even double your dollars, allowing you to stretch your dollars and get more fresh produce!

Did you know that many local farmers' markets accept Virginia's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) benefits? By visiting local farmers' markets, SNAP recipients can get fresh, locally grown produce while supporting local farmers and ranchers. Find a local market near you by visiting U.S. Department of Agriculture at www.ams.usda.gov/local-food-directories/farmersmarkets

06/21/2021

Beginning on June 23, 2021 residents will be able to bring food scraps to one of four farmers markets in Fairfax County. DPWES will have a collection area near the entrance to the market where we will accept the food scraps. The food scraps can be stored in a reusable container or a disposable plastic bag. Some people like to keep their food scraps in the fridge or freezer during the week to cut down on smells. Food scraps will not be collected before or after the market closes – make sure you deliver your food scraps to the DPWES collection area.

VCE offices are closed Friday in observance of the Juneteenth Holiday. Did you know? Juneteenth is celebrated with red f...
06/17/2021
68 Recipes From Black Creators to Celebrate Juneteenth

VCE offices are closed Friday in observance of the Juneteenth Holiday. Did you know? Juneteenth is celebrated with red food and drinks!
Why red food? "The practice of eating red foods—red cake, barbecue, punch and fruit– may owe its existence to the enslaved Yoruba and Kongo brought to Texas in the 19th century. For both of these cultures the color red is the embodiment of spiritual power and transformation. Enslavement narratives from Texas recall an African ancestor being lured using red flannel cloth, and many of the charms and power objects used to manipulate invisible forces required a red handkerchief. It’s clear that even in slavery’s aftermath, Afro-Texans had a rich food culture, created under adversity in communities with rich cultural origins and a diversity of influences, with a strong root in the foodways and cultures of West and Central Africa."
-Michael W. Twitty, “Terroir Noire: African American Foodways in Slavery, Texas.” 2011, Afroculinaria
Here are 68 recipes from Black creators to celebrate Juneteenth!
https://food52.com/blog/25366-food52-juneteenth-virtual-potluck-2020

Think: buttermilk fried chicken, tomato pie, candied yams, blackberry cobbler, pound cake, and more.

Timeline Photos
06/14/2021

Timeline Photos

First-come, first-served walk-in appointments are now available at the Government Center clinic during the following times:
🕛 Monday and Thursday: 12 – 4pm
🕤 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 9:30am – 1:3 pm

⚠️Please note: all Health Department clinics will be closed on Friday, June 18 in observance of Juneteenth.
Find out more: https://bit.ly/3wixGgg

Looking forward to this event! We encourage you to sign up and hear from some great organizations that we have the honor...
06/12/2021

Looking forward to this event! We encourage you to sign up and hear from some great organizations that we have the honor of working with.

Food insecurity is a major problem affecting many folks in the Mason community and in the region. Attend Fairfax Food Council's summit to learn how folks are working together to solve this challenge with equitable food solutions!
📆 June 16 from 10 AM - 12 PM EDT
🔗 Register for free: go.gmu.edu/FoodSummit
🏆 Special recognition for George Mason University, Capital Area Food Bank, and the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth for sponsoring this incredible event!

Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District Fairfax County Government Fairfax Farmers Market Fairfax County Park Authority

#GreenGMU #MasonNation #GMU21 #GMU22 #GMU23 #GMU24 #GMU25 #GeorgeMason #GeorgeMasonUniversity #fairfaxfoodcouncil #fairfaxva #foodinsecurity #foodinsecurityawareness #foodjustice #covid #covid19 #covid_19 #foodeducation #food #foodnetwork

06/08/2021

Did you know that canning your food is more than just a food preservation technique? The key is doing it safely. Senior Extension Agent Dawn Barnes joins WFXR News Living Local to share the importance of canning safety to ultimately prevent food borne illnesses.

Check out the video here 👉 bit.ly/VCEDawnBarnes

Read more about canning safety here: bit.ly/FST-114NP #VCEresources #FoodSafety #Canning Virginia Tech Food Science & Technology Department

Photos from The Virginia Department of Social Services's post
06/07/2021

Photos from The Virginia Department of Social Services's post

Timeline Photos
05/28/2021

Timeline Photos

VDACS and VA Farm Bureau produce a cooking segment called “Heart of the Home” featuring seasonal #VirginiaGrown products. This week we learn how to make Spinach Risotto using fresh Virginia spinach! Virginia Farm Bureau Federation
http://ow.ly/Q1HM50EW289

Now here are some interesting ways to get protein in your diet!
05/27/2021

Now here are some interesting ways to get protein in your diet!

Watch Live: Bug appétit! Doug Kammerer is about to dine on a gourmet meal of Brood X cicadas. Here's a sneak peek at what will surprise him in the first course. http://nbc4dc.com/NrOvtDm

FFC Summit
05/27/2021
FFC Summit

FFC Summit

Join the Fairfax Food Council on June 16, 2021

Fun strawberry recipes!
05/20/2021

Fun strawberry recipes!

COVID-19 Vaccine for 12- to 15-Year-Olds Is Now Available, Here Is What You Need To Know - Fairfax County Emergency Info...
05/13/2021
COVID-19 Vaccine for 12- to 15-Year-Olds Is Now Available, Here Is What You Need To Know - Fairfax County Emergency Information

COVID-19 Vaccine for 12- to 15-Year-Olds Is Now Available, Here Is What You Need To Know - Fairfax County Emergency Information

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced that providers across the Commonwealth could begin vaccinating those aged 12-15 following federal approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in adolescents. Previously, this vaccine was only authorized for individuals ages 16 and older....

Photos from The Virginia Department of Social Services's post
05/05/2021

Photos from The Virginia Department of Social Services's post

Nutrition Myths & Tips class on April 22nd.
04/18/2021

Nutrition Myths & Tips class on April 22nd.

With the wealth of nutrition information available on the internet, it can sometimes be challenging to separate nutrition myths from facts. Virginia Tech Dietetic Intern Kamryn Zimmer will host a virtual “Nutrition Myths and Tips” lunch and learn on Thursday, April 22, from 12-1 p.m. Participants will learn about common nutrition myths as well as practical advice for making everyday meals more nutritious.

Registration is required: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DQBFWYR. A Zoom link will be sent to participants prior to the program.

#VTHNFE #vtdieteticinternship #dietitian #vthnfehealthy #healthylifestyle #registereddietitian #dietitianapproved #vthnfetipsandfavs #dieteticsstudent #nutritionstudent #futuredietitian #nutrition #IamVTCALS

Virginia Tech M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics Program
Hokie Wellness for Students
Hokie Wellness for Employees

https://vtnews.vt.edu/notices/hokie-wellness-hokie-health-nutrition.html?utm_source=cmpgn_news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=vtUnirelNewsDailyCMP_041521-fs

New Vaccine Scheduling Process to Begin April 18; All People Age 16+ Eligible for a Vaccine in Phase 2 - Fairfax County ...
04/17/2021
New Vaccine Scheduling Process to Begin April 18; All People Age 16+ Eligible for a Vaccine in Phase 2 - Fairfax County Emergency Information

New Vaccine Scheduling Process to Begin April 18; All People Age 16+ Eligible for a Vaccine in Phase 2 - Fairfax County Emergency Information

Beginning Sunday, April 18, all individuals in the Fairfax Health District who are 16 or older will be eligible to directly schedule a vaccine appointment through VaccineFinder.org as Fairfax County moves into Phase 2 with the rest of Virginia. With this new system, Fairfax County will no longer acc...

04/16/2021

Donate your old pots & pans to the Food Pantry this Saturday, April 17. We are collecting housewares to give to our pantry clients who are in need of basic cooking items. We will be collecting donations between 10:30am - Noon in the Food Pantry parking lot. Thank you.

Join WalkArlington's 8-Week Walking Challenge! Register by April 15th.Walking for 30 minutes a day is a great way to inv...
04/13/2021
Invest in Yourself | WalkArlington

Join WalkArlington's 8-Week Walking Challenge! Register by April 15th.

Walking for 30 minutes a day is a great way to invest in yourself. Sign-up for the 8-Week Walking Challenge and gain access to free yoga, advice from wellness professionals, accountability partners, guided mindful walk, goal setting tools, and a virtual community of people with similar goals. Sign up at https://www.walkarlington.com/WalkArlChallenge/

Registration ends April 15 Fitness | Health | Mindfulness | Accountability Walking for 30 minutes a day is a great way to invest in yourself. Taking care of your mental and physical wellness can sometimes become secondary to daily responsibilities, but it is the most important thing that you may eve...

04/02/2021

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Do you need health insurance? Now is a great time to reach out to our Eligibility Team. They can help connect you to an ACA health plan during this Special Enrollment Period or to Virginia Medicaid.

Assistance is free, contact-less, and done one-on-one over the phone. Call (703) 225-9478.

Thank you to the Virginia Health Care Foundation and Cover Virginia for their support of our outreach work.

#HelpWithHealth #ACA #Medicaid

Photos from The Virginia Department of Social Services's post
04/01/2021

Photos from The Virginia Department of Social Services's post

This past fall we trained the first virtual class of Master Food Volunteers in the state! We had 6 amazing graduates and...
03/31/2021
Graduates of first virtual Master Food Volunteers program ready to serve Virginia communities

This past fall we trained the first virtual class of Master Food Volunteers in the state! We had 6 amazing graduates and look forward to using this format for our next training class. 🍅🥗👩‍🏫👩‍🍳

Virginia Cooperative Extension’s initiative that teaches ordinary Virginians to be food safety and nutrition educators had to undergo a challenging transformation in light of the pandemic, but now it’s back and better than ever.

Timeline Photos
03/29/2021

Timeline Photos

Do you need food assistance or know someone who does? We can help. Get information on food distribution sites, programs to help purchase food and delivery options for older adults at alexandriava.gov/115053.

03/17/2021

Backdated P-EBT benefits covering the months of October and November have been issued to P-EBT and SNAP EBT cards. Eligible households should now see those benefits reflected in their accounts. Directions for how to PIN your card can be found on our P-EBT FAQ page (www.dss.virginia.gov/benefit/pebt/faq.cgi). Questions regarding issuances can be directed to the P-EBT Call Center from 7:00 AM-6:00 PM Monday-Friday at 866-513-1414 (toll-free) or 804-294-1633.

Español: Retroactivo beneficios P-EBT que cubren los meses de octubre y noviembre se han emitido a las tarjetas P-EBT y SNAP EBT. Los hogares elegibles ahora deberían ver esos beneficios reflejados en sus cuentas. En nuestra página de preguntas frecuentes sobre P-EBT, puede encontrar instrucciones sobre cómo ingresar el PIN de su tarjeta (www.dss.virginia.gov/pebt-espanol). Las preguntas relacionadas con las emisiones pueden dirigirse al Centro de atención telefónica de P-EBT de 7:00 AM-6:00 PM de lunes a viernes al 866-513-1414 (llamada gratuita) o al 804-294-1633.

Fairfax County’s Health Department Vaccine Registration has incorporated personnel who work at Food Banks, Food Pantries...
03/17/2021
Registration Now Open for Three More 1b Essential Worker Groups - Fairfax County Emergency Information

Fairfax County’s Health Department Vaccine Registration has incorporated personnel who work at Food Banks, Food Pantries and Food Distribution sites in Fairfax County as being eligible for registration for the COVID19 vaccine - as approved by the Virginia Department of Health. Individuals who work at these sites are now eligible to register under the ‘Food & Agriculture’ category. 🥳https://fairfaxcountyemergency.wpcomstaging.com/2021/03/17/registration-now-open-for-three-more-1b-essential-worker-groups/

Beginning today, March 17, individuals who live or work the Fairfax Health District that fall into the following categories are now eligible to register to get a COVID-19 vaccine: Food and Agriculture Manufacturing Grocery Store Workers See below for specific category details defined by the CDC and....

Photos from The Virginia Department of Social Services's post
03/17/2021

Photos from The Virginia Department of Social Services's post

Timeline Photos
03/15/2021

Timeline Photos

🍎 What's for breakfast & lunch? Menus for in-person learning are now available in the SchoolCafé app or online at www.schoolcafe.com/ALEXANDRIACPS. See nutritional information, ingredients and allergens for all menu items. Download the app on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

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Information for school meals in Alexandria.
Some tips from our friends at Virginia Hospital Center for making your 4th of July a little healthier.
FYI Alexandria City Public Schools will continue providing meals during the summer months. See below.
Check out this awesome StoryWalk in Arlington!
Food Safety Alert: Salmonella outbreak linked to frozen cooked shrimp. Read below for more information.
Find a local farmers market near your that accepts SNAP benefits. Some markets even double your dollars, allowing you to stretch your dollars and get more fresh produce!
VCE offices are closed Friday in observance of the Juneteenth Holiday. Did you know? Juneteenth is celebrated with red food and drinks! Why red food? "The practice of eating red foods—red cake, barbecue, punch and fruit– may owe its existence to the enslaved Yoruba and Kongo brought to Texas in the 19th century. For both of these cultures the color red is the embodiment of spiritual power and transformation. Enslavement narratives from Texas recall an African ancestor being lured using red flannel cloth, and many of the charms and power objects used to manipulate invisible forces required a red handkerchief. It’s clear that even in slavery’s aftermath, Afro-Texans had a rich food culture, created under adversity in communities with rich cultural origins and a diversity of influences, with a strong root in the foodways and cultures of West and Central Africa." -Michael W. Twitty, “Terroir Noire: African American Foodways in Slavery, Texas.” 2011, Afroculinaria Here are 68 recipes from Black creators to celebrate Juneteenth! https://food52.com/blog/25366-food52-juneteenth-virtual-potluck-2020
Looking forward to this event! We encourage you to sign up and hear from some great organizations that we have the honor of working with.